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to australia for more on this story after the headlines. the obama administration has launched a review of offshore oil drilling in the arctic following a cascading series of blunders and mishaps by the oil giant shell. shell's recent troubles culminated when its drill rig ran aground last week off the alaskan coast, sparking concerns of a potential spill. past problems have included safety and environmental violations on its vessels and the failure during a test of a device meant to control a gushing well. government officials said the new 60-day review could potentially limit or halt shell's ambitions for arctic drilling. the escalating issues have followed repeated warnings by environmental groups that shell is unprepared for the harsh and dangerous conditions associated with arctic drilling. greenpeace to the new york times -- the coast guard has launched a separate investigation into the grounding of shell's drill rig last week. alleged u.s. army whistleblower bradley manning has had his potential sentence reduced should he be convicted for the leaking of classified documents to wi
to be the best of the best operations according to both shell and the obama administration, and it turned out to be no match for the arctic. one of my colleagues put it quite well earlier today when he was talking about this can't be another paper exercise. they have to really dig into what happened here, and the secretary salazar said he didn't want to pre-suppose any inclusionsconclusions but it's hard to cool to any conclusion but that shell screwed up, and the arctic is no match for the technology they'll put up there. >> cenk: the arctic sounds like to "the young turks" too strong. i'm skeptical about the administration because i've seen when they've reallowed drilling in the gulf coast. well, the safety precautions you know, it's a work in progress. that makes me really concerned. is my concern about the obama administration in this realm justified or not justified. >> totally justified. shell has a lot of egg on their face right now. but the fact of the matter is the obama administration pretty much okayed this operation. you look at what shell is trying to do. the whole process is a d
panetta, no different than anybody else in the obama administration. >> senator kerrey, you have been in politics all these years. what is the vehemence about? is it the sense he's just too much to the left of the right wing? what is the new standard for middle east politics in being secretary of defense for the united states? >> well, that's a good question. i think it's going to be proven in his testimony that he's a very strong supporter of the united states being a strong ally of israel. i mean, that's really the bottom line. are you willing to be an ally of israel, yes or no, and he's going to answer emphatically yes. his votes and his record confirm that. does he have disagreements from time to time with the prime minister of israel? the answer is yes. but, you know, i have disagreements from time to time with the president of the united states, but that doesn't mean i don't support the united states of america. so, i mean, i think the representations that he's going to be terrible for israel i just think is wrong. and i think when he gets before the armed services committee, i
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for that report. >>> the obama administration may be stepping up its push for some form of new gun control legislation. but will the president be able to rally the support of congress? most importantly, the american public at the same time? we'll dig deeper with our chief political analyst gloria borger. here's what the president recently said on "meet the press." i'll play the clip. >> we're not going to get this done unless the american people decide it's important. and so this is not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. one of the things that you learn, having now been in this office for four years, is the old adage of public opinion. without public opinion there's not something you can't do and wut it there's very little you can't get done in this town. i'm going to be putting my full weight behind it. >> now, remind our viewers why so many democrats have been reluctant to even talk about gun control over these past several years. >> yeah. it's almost 20 years, wolf. it goes back to 1994. that was the big election which republicans took control of the congress.
. it comes as the obama administration considers taking all troops out of the country after next year. it's turning into a rough week for people trying to get to work in new york city. a bus collided with a school bus. this is old bridge in new jersey. at least 17 people on board were injured. two are reported in critical condition. the bus flipped on its side and not carrying any children. the driver was taken to the hospital. the bus crash comes a day after rush hour ferry slammed into a pier in lower manhattan. there were more than 300 people on board. 85 were injured. one critically. >> all of a sudden it went from going however fast it is going to zero. everybody went this way and then you went this way. >> it felt like you were in a car that ran into a tree. >> no immediate word on the cause of the crash. federal safety officials are investigating. >> 11 killer whales that were trapped by ice in a canadian bay are apparently free now. take a look here. these are the orcas desperately surfacing for oxygen in this 10-foot hole in the ice. a group sent to break up the ice said there is
touched down in korea hours ago. last week the obama administration discourage this trip which the pair call a private humanitarian mission. >>> so, how much dough will hostess make on its bread brands? the "wall street journal" is reporting flower's food and another one are in talks to buy wonderer bread and nature's pride for an estimated $350 million. a lot of dough. >>> starting this month washington is the first state to charge electric vehicle owners $100 a year to pay for wear and tear on state roads a fee that's collected on gas tax. >>> from careercast enlisted military personnel have the most stressful jobs in the country. >>> so where do you want to spend your stress free days in retirement? for the fifth year in a row, ecuador was the top foreign retirement destination for folks from u.s. and canada due to its affordability, weather and welcoming cu welcoming culture. >>> this year tokyo restaurant owner she would out $1.7 million for one bluefin tuna. i wonder if he ate it. nfl playoff picture is set for next week. which teams advanced and why the pga tour opener can't get
washington. he plans to ask the obama administration to provide the afghan military with advanced high-tech weapons. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says the white house is determined to act quickly and decisively to stop gun violence. biden heads a task force set up by barack obama after last month's mass shooting at a connecticut elementary school. >> as the president said, if our actions result in only saving one life, they are worth taking. but i'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly. >> biden met with victims of gun violence and gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday. he emphasized that he would work with both sides of the debate to build a consensus on precisely which firearms restrictions are necessary. he said gun violence is a problem that requires immediate action. with americans starkly divided on the issue, biden is also scheduled to meet with pro-gun groups including the national rifle association on thursday. >>> people in south korea took part in a nationwide
? >> rosa brooks has written about this. it's called no girls allowed, and why the obama administration needs hormone therapy. rosa brooks is a national security law professor at georgetown. she spent two years working for michelle flournoy at the pentagon. great to see you. thanks for your time. >> glad to be here, rachel. >> in terms of the raw numbers, the obama administration is roughly equivalent to the clinton administration in terms of female appointees. it is doing better than the bush administration. but you feel like they're worthy of some criticism on this subject? >> oh, i hold president obama to a pretty high standard. i would like to think after the eight years of the bush administration, we could do a little better than the clinton administration, not just go back to the clinton administration. although i have to say, if i were valerie jarrett and i were about to go off the fiscal cliff, i would hide behind jay carney too. >> on the issue of michelle flournoy, you're not totally objecting on this. she is highly regarded in washington, not just by you, but by pretty much e
the message chuck hagel has been sending for years on this. the obama administration has been pretty tough on iran behind the scenes. hagel has been consistent himself, saying look, we cannot allow a nuclear iran, war should not be our first choice, and that also is consistent with the president. the president began by thinking perhaps he could negotiate more with ahmadinejad than has proven to be the case. he's evolved on this issue. my guess is chuck hagel as secretary of defense will reflect that evolution. >> there's one other thing i want to ask you each about. this is relevant -- well, we'll ask you whether you think it's relevant in terms of timing. in terms of topic i think this is relevant. the number of sexual assaults in the military each year is about 19,000. it is a serious issue. there are women in the military now and in 1996, when running for senate, the literature from chuck hagel reportedly said quote, i am pro-life with one exception, the life of the mother. now, who knows, people agree and disagree with that. i'm simply curious about democrats are not noticing that, tal
. we need to close the gun show loophole. there are certain things the obama administration could do on the mental health front and enforcing existing laws when it comes to tracking guns through the computer system, that was set up we have to come together. i think it's one of those enough is enough moments. >>> don't miss "the ed show" weeknights at 8:00 eastern on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> as president obama prepares for a visit by afghan president hamid karzai, the white house said for the first time it's possible that no american troops will remain in afghanistan after 2014. a so-called zero option that would remove all u.s. troops by the end of next year would be be considered according to deputy security adviser benjamin rhodes. "the washington posts" some are pushing for and arguing that a smaller force would be the best way to end the costly unpopular war. >>> a military judge has refused to toss out charges against army private bradley manning who is accused of providing classified documents to wikileaks, but she is reducing any prison sentence that he may receive.
'll seeyou back in a few minutes vice president joe biden said that the obama administration will explore all options in efforts to control gun violence. sandra reports, this came as biden began a series of meetings with various groups including those for and against more gun control. . >> dozens of lives lost and grief at makeshift memorials. preventing mass shootings is the job the presidential task force is trying to tackle. >> i want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we can do efg we're going to do nothing. >> vice president joe biden is heading up the gun violence task force. gun safety, victims add voir dire carcinoma si and gun owner shim groups are joining in the conversation to come up with recommendations to prevent gun violence. caving to criticism for declining the initial invitation, wal-mart decided to attend the meeting. they saidthey are sending an appropriate represent tiff to participate. >> wal-mart sells many of the type of weps used in recent shootings. . >> let me say this, more guns are not the answer. >> securit
thanh, pennsylvania. view which >>> for the first time the obama administration says it's considering pulling all u.s. troops out of afghanistan at the end of next year. this latest news from the white house challenges the pentagon view which says thousands of troops may have to is remain to support afghans. >>> a judge has reduced the possible sentence of accused wikileaks source private bradley manning. manning is accused of downloading thousands of sensitive intelligence and diplomatic cables. a military judge reduced by 112 days any sentence manning receives as compensation for the harsh treatment manning received while being held by the military. his trial is scheduled to begin starting march 6th. >>> u.s. officials say the iranian government may be behind the abduction of retired fbi agent left inson. he disappeared in 2007. photos of levenson that had been anonymously e-mailed to his family have been released for the first time. it was initially thought he was being held by terrorists. iran has denied any involvement. we'll take a quick break on a wednesda
better than the bush administration. >> i hold president obama to a high standard, i would like to think we could do a little bit better than the clinton administration, not just go back to the clinton administration, although, if i were about to go off the fiscal cliff, i would hide behind jay carney, too. >> you are not objective about this, apparently, having worked for michelle fourneau. were you surprised that she didn't get the nod? were you surprised that chuck hagel specifically did? >> i was surprised. i thought it was a fantastic opportunity for president obama to make an historic gesture and nominate the first female secretary of defense. it is one of those situations where it struck me, obviously, i am completely biased. but it struck me that the most qualified person was a woman. chuck hagel is an impressive guy who i admire in a lot of ways. i don't know why he thinks that it takes a republican to be nominated two times out of three. >> michelle fourneau, her job as under-secretary was historically high level achievement, for somebody in the defense world. when she was ther
walmart. a me go today in washington on gun violence. an obama administration official telling cnn walmart's representative will meet only with attorney general, eric holder, and not with the vice president. remember, walmart was originally not going to attend the meeting at all but changed its mind yesterday. >>> when it comes to ending gun violence, vice president joe biden made it clear if congress doesn't pass new gun laws, the president could go it alone, as in bypass congress and issue an executive order. >> the president is going to act. there are executive orders and action that can be taken. we haven't decided what that is yet. we are compiling it all with help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required. >> gun rights advocates took the remark as a threat charging it is the first step in sfrtrippin americans of their second amendment rights. listen to rush limbaugh. >>> when biden, himself, a liberal democrat, says himself, the president, cabinet, attorney general, a bunch of leftist democrats are talking ab
're all men mostly white that does send a message. >> john: i do think we'll see the obama administration responding to this responsibly. >> hooray. >> john: hilda solis is resigning. we'll see if there is a female nominee for labor. i hope they're going to get the message. you mentioned great leadership. i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. [ laughter ] >> john: while we have time, speaking of america's sweetheart now donald rumsfeld is releasing a book called rumsfeld's rules. i think it is about don't call the guy for three days after the date. it is his little witticisms, i think we have a few of them lined up here. but it is donald rumsfeld more or less got a second book deal. a seven-figure deal on this. phillip roth can't get a book deal. >> snooki got a book deal. >> john: it is really cute. i'm sure guys will buy it for their dads if there are no new clancy books. >> that's such a nuanced question. i think that that's like such a ridiculous spectrum. it is stunning. i'm going to start with it is stunning to go to a 7-figure book deal. i have no idea. >> it is going to be porn an
of this morning's headlines. the obama administration may consider taking all u.s. forces out of afghanistan at the end of next year. the pent goneagon has planned to keep some troops from the nato pullout in 2014. president obama meets hamid karzai at the white house on friday. >> we'll hear more with karzai's meeting with obama. >>> the "l.a. times" says last year was the hottest year on record. the average temperature 55.3 degrees, that is 3.3 degrees higher than the average temperature for the 20th century. >>> the "wall street journal" says the 11th hour deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will delay tax refunds for millions of people. the irs will not begin the main tax filing season until january 30th, about a week later than scheduled. >>> and "the washington post" says redskins quarterback robert griffin iii will have knee surgery in the coming days. you may recall the controversy on sunday as griffin played hurt in a redskins playoff game leaving injured in the fourth quarter. griffin has at least one torn knee ligament the injury might keep him sidelined at the sta
-old sandusky maintains innocence. >>> more changes on the way for the obama administration. the labor secretary hilda some liz announced her resignation yesterday. she plans to run for a seat on the l.a. county board of supervisors. and today the president is expected to nominate jack lew as secretary of the treasury. he is currently the president's chief of staff. he would replace timothy geithner who previouslily announced plans that he would leave office. >>> now, if you lew's nomination is approved, there will be a peculiar signature on our money. this is how he signs his name. start checking your money. >> i don't see one letter in that signature. okay. >> he must have been a doctor. >> maybe. >>> those troubled boeing 787s are having even more problems. a potential brake problem canceled a dreamliner flight in japan yesterday. that's three electrical issues in two days for the new 787. and it's will the latest in a string of glitches that hit the plane since its debut. the other problems this week, a fuel leak and electrical fire. >>> a cast
institute says the obama administration spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement last fiscal year and that amount, get this, is more than the budgets than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. nonpartisan think tank focuses on global immigration issues and the report found that u.s. government has spent more than $187 billion on immigration enforcement laws since 1986 and since then, there have been more immigration-related criminal prosecutions than cases generated by the justice department. npi concludes because of the money spent the actions taken and the case volume, it is fair to say the obama administration has made immigration enforcement its highest criminal law enforcement priority. >>> the administration's economic priority right now is the raising of the debt ceiling. u.s. has gotta lift it by the end of february or early march or else it will default on its fiscal obligations. this should be a routine exercise but republicans once again are threatening to hold the debt limit increase hostage in exchange for spending cuts which happened back in august of
here? >> look, i think this is an excuse and think the obama administration which wanted to find a way not to keep our troops in iraq, wants to find a way not to keep our troops in afghanistan. i think this is a guaranty for a taliban takeover, resurgence of al qaeda, the sacrifice of everything our troops have won for us over there and as i say, i think this is a question of getting some good negotiators. we could have resolved that program in iraq if we had the will and tenacity to do so. we can do it here in afghanistan as as well. i think it is less a question of what hamid karzai wants but more a question of what barack obama wants or doesn't want. jenna: that is a big question. we heard from general allen reports that he had suggested to the pentagon upwards of wanting 20,000 troops to remain in the country after the end of 2014. what do you think about the fact that this debate, this negotiation, this floating of the idea of the zero option, is happening very much in the public sphere? that we're talking about it now, that it is out in the open rather than behind closed doors, h
administration official says, vice president joe biden will hold a series of meetings with stakeholders in the gun debate. president obama appointed biden to lead an effort to curb gun violence that was after the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> the president is facing a contentious battle over his two latest nominations for cabinet posts. he tapped former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. and anti-terrorism chief john brennan for cia director. controversy surrounds hagel because of opposition to troop surges in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet s
this as a doubling down of the current economic and fiscal policies from the obama administration. >> reporter: and an extension of the administration's get tough on wall street approach that has left the president trying to mend relationships with ceos. 2006 to 2009 chief operating officer at citi group where bets were made against the housing market. >> we are concerned that jack lew's connection to wall street has harmed his vision for what makes america strong and that is a strong main street. and while his record is thin, his public record about what's necessary is not exhaustive. >> reporter: sharp questions being raised once again over testimony lew delivered in his 2010 senate confirmation hearing where he appeared to down play the impact of deregulation on the financial crisis. >> i don't believe deregulation was the proximate cause. >> reporter: and framed his knowledge of the issue raising eyebrows once again. >> senator, as when discussed i don't consider myself an expert in some of the aspects in the financial industry. my experience is as a manager. >> disavowel of deregulation i
that obama administration is putting emphasis on it. he doesn't think he is tag their concerns seriously. >> we wish instead of talking about guns specifically that they question that they would address what can we do to prevent these kinds of things in the future. the evidence shows that an assault weapons ban are not going to do that. what will do it is doing something about a broken mental health system that allows people that potentially violent to be the streets. >> reporter: furthermore, the nra is making it clear they don't think there are enough members of congress that favor an assault weapons ban to pass one. >> gregg: it's quite the face-off. is the nra's position cautioning the gun control advocates to back down at all? >> no, some are wondering out loud how much clout they have in 2013. >> the nra spent a lot of money on the elections last cycle. they didn't have a lot to show for it especially if you look at results. a lot of their candidates lost. we are looking at return on their investment they had a low return on investment. they are very strong lobby. think the issue i
the interest rate at a record low today. this comes as the obama administration delivers the message to britain saying you're special, but only special if you stay at the heart of the eu. they're under pressure to renegotiation the relationship with brussels. but the u.s. assistant secretary said such a plan would have major consequences. as chairman of the business in europe outlined on cnbc last night. >> we don't want to run the risk of trying to set the bar too high in the sense that there's some fantastic renegotiation we can have where we can cherry pick the bits we like, get rid of the bits we don't, because the chances of that happening are probably close to zero. so we don't want to see any risk in our membership. we want more reform by absolutely we do. we made that very clear in the letter. but we don't want to risk or membership because our membership is responsible for millions of jobs and underpins our future prosperity. >> so that debate is going to em. at the same time, david, you think the pound is going to come under pressure. it's a triple cocktail that's going to undermine i
've seen in the first term. in fact, many would say that the obama administration's foreign policy have been one of its most successful areas. he was long fit for this post, kerry, that is. >> you have set this up on raising the debt ceiling, wider agreement over getting any kind of grand bargain. where do we now go? he has his new team. >> not yet. they need to be confirmed. >> they need to be confirmed, obviously, but as we head towards a debt ceiling which has to be raised by the middle of february, effectively. >> there are quite a few new seens to do with the budget, continuing resolutions, sequestration only postponed. all of this is exactly what we expected at year-end. so the fiscal cliff was so 2012, 2013 is all about the budget. more or less, you've got the same actors in place making the decisions in congress and in the white house. jack lew is himself a washington insider. he's well known to congress and he's there to shepherd the process along. he's not got the wall street experience that a lot of people on the street might be hoping for. but he really knows how to move the
background checks. >>> and the debt ceiling debate is heating up, as well, with the obama administration insisting it won't negotiate with republicans on raising the ceiling. the white house says congress can either pay its bills or it can put the nation into default. reports suggest the government can run out of action to pay those bills as early as mid february. >>> and the creators of south park are setting up their own production studio. they've secured $2 million to set up a company called important stud wrote. the new studio will incorporate revenue from south park and the hit broadway play "the book of mormons." >>> and the ftse 100 closed up with a fresh 4 1/2 low on friday. we had a pupil by another market. but today, the xetra dax, cac 40 and the ibex, as well. shaking off that production data. take a look at what's on today's agenda in the u.s. fed chief ben bernanke will be speaking at the university of michigan later on. he'll discuss monetary policy, recovery from the financial crisis and is long-term challenges facing the u.s. economy. bernanke's xhnts will set the tone fo
from the obama administration and how the republicans were to blame for not including women. then it turned out that mitt romney hired more women than any other state. >>brian: it was put out that in the white house women made less than men. if you look at the campaign, the president promised women contraceptives and abortions. he didn't promise them a table at power. >>gretchen: he wasn't in favor of that bill that would be equal pay, ledbetter bill. >>steve: we have secretary of state john kerry still in. the new secretary of defense is a man. the nominee any way. and the new c.i.a. director is a man. and not that i'm anti-man. but if they do need good candidates, mitt romney has got binders full of women he could supply at the white house. >>gretchen: we're falling back to that? >>brian: i never forget. on his radio show yesterday, mike huckabee, former governor of the great state of arkansas, said how come so much test test testerone in the cabinet and so little estrogen. he said if you look around, all these appointments he's making in the white house are all white guys
the obama administration's done a good job with the rebalancing on most of the aspects to it. they've done a lot of little things, and they tie them together with some good rhetoric and diplomacy. but the individual pieces of rebalancing are actually quite modest. and i'm glad for that, because i don't want to see us go towards excessive confrontation. in the sense that i think we have very strong allies in the region, we have a lot of economic b and strategic strengths that china does not have, for example, our population trajectory, for example the opennesses of our political system sw what that does to make the investment economy a haven for dollars. there are a lot of ways you can go down the list, and when you compare the two countries, you see a lot of american strengths that are enduring, and when you with mention our allies on top of that -- which dick did earlier -- there's no particular reason for us to think that we need to shrink back. but i would worry a lot about potential disputes that are unnecessary over issues like the islands. and let me give you one very concrete exampl
. >>> first, let's go back to josh in miami. >> we're going to begin with the obama administration moving forward with its plan to reduce gun violence. holding a meeting this week with gun groups and the gaming industry to discuss proposals. meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with diane sawyer, former congresswoman, gabrielle giffords and her husband, mark kelly, have announced their own campaign to keep guns out of the wrong hands. two years ago, today, giffords was nearly killed in the tucson shooting rampage. she says she wants to work with politicians to take on high-powered gun lobbyists and fight for responsible changes. and she'll be sharing more details with diane, tonight on "world news" and again on "nightline." >>> meanwhile, the only suspect being held in connection with the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya has been freed this morning. authorities in neighboring tunisia have released ali harzi because of a lack of evidence. four americans, including the u.s. ambassador, were killed in september's attack. the investigation in libya remains stalled. >>> some staggering, n
of defense, and the obama administration can, right now, put into place that we can be issued military i.d.s. we just can't be issued benefits where there is financial ties to it. so, you know, with a stroke of the pen, this military i.d. could be a nonissue. but back to, you know, your question, you know, the conversation with the group was can you access base, yes, i can, through my caregiver pass. and then initially it was the military i.d. according to their website, according to their facebook, at the time, it said nothing about a military i.d. all it mentioned was a spouse. you know, requirement of being a military spouse. >> so then what's the issue ultimately, you think? >> so, i mean, i believe -- i believe it is because i am in a same sex marriage and i try to, you know, ask the president and the board members to call me so we could discuss this, you know, farther. i never heard anybody. and then i went to, you know, basically the internet and wrote an open letter. and from there i heard from people all over the world, other gay and lesbian service members and their families, a
the obama administration, "the price of politics." criticism from the speaker, speaker boehner, about jack lew as being uncompromising and being someone that he didn't find he could negotiate with and come to a deal with in these past discussions. so there's that, but i'll also tell you it reminds me talking about that that when jack lew was announced as chief of staff to replace bill daly that one of the things we heard was it was welcome news to democrats on the hill. they had felt that daly had not been terribly responsive even to them. and jack lew is someone that democrats were very happy to have here standing next to president obama as the chief of staff. so we're definitely hearing some folks who are very much in favor of jack lew taking this position as treasury secretary and ultimately i think is expected to be a confirmation process that is expected to go smoothly. >> let us know when we get that famous two-minute warning before the president and jack lew, tim geithner and company. gloria borger is here with me, kate bold uan is here. alevelsi velshi. the last time i almost is wh
-style assault weapons might be really hard to achieve for the obama administration despite mr. biden's task force efforts going on for three days in the summit. dianne feinstein the senator from california has the pweurblgs there may not be enougbill. there may not be enough votes to pass that. the idea that high capacity military ammunition magazines could actually be limited, that seems to have some currency and momentum as does the background checks. but this eupl mass on the actual ban on guns that could really be a problem for the gun control lobby has them finally trying to sort of catch up to the nra which has a huge organizational advantage when it comes to the grassroots battle on both side of this. jon: the grassroots groups, break down their roles for us. >> reporter: on the left side of this. on the gun control side, there hasn't been a great deal, as a matter of fact. if you look at last year's spending comparing just the national rifle association, never mind dozens of other prosecond amendment groups and compare its donations in the 2012 campaign to awful the collective gun c
. >> the obama administration response to the caller brought will appear in sandy hook. this smells of censorship. i do not think it really works. it is the parents were by the kids' games. i do not know. i think this is the wrong angle of the wrong tree to bark up so to speak. again, gun lobbyists and gun- control in japan have stopped mass shootings and they have much more violent cartoons and video games. >> we have a real interesting battle between first and second amendment. >> that is only by opinion. >> let us talk about the new treasury secretary. >> it looks like jack lew will replace timothy gai nter. >> what is a treasure secretary do? they're run financial--they look after financial debt. >> and the bottom right hand corner of our people money gaitner signature. what is that that is horrible. >> we have to change that. i cannot put that on monday. >> this seems like an eye appointment. he has very little experience. he is a big no god. he will say no time and time again. he is the one that will have to keep the budget cut going when we hit the debt ceiling right. >> the debt ceiling c
to the 68,000 there now. the administration insists they must have immunity from local laws. obama is scheduled to meet with karzai on friday. they have many delicate issues to address and finding an agreement that's acceptable to both sides is expected to be difficult. >>> a terrible traffic and soaring land prices are some of the unwelcome features of asia's booming cities. those problems are especially acute in vietnam. construction companies from developed markets are competing to offer solutions. they include a railway company that wants to use lessons learned in japan to help vietnam build cities of the future. akiko has more from hanoi. >> reporter: vietnam is booming. people pour into the cities look for work and fortune. but not everyone is moving forward. the hanoi traffic gets worse every year. and dangerous, too, with more and more accidents. but infrastructure isn't the only problem. land prices have spiked. one potential solution is inspired by lessons from japan. this man works for a tokyo corporation, a japanese company head quartered in tokyo. next to vietnam's lar
day meeting with president obama that starts next week. >> so sobering news from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. 2012 was the hottest year on record in the lower 48 states. with an average temperature at 55.3 degrees. now that shattered the previous record set in 1998 by a full degree while the majority of the country saw above average temperatures including las vegas and boise, cities like los angeles and seattle saw below average readings. 2012 was the second worst year for extreme weather events. human activity especially the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to changes in the u.s. climate. >>> today, the debate over what to do over gun violence continues in washington with the launch of vice president's biden's task force. yesterday, gabrielle giffords marked the two-year anniversary of the shooting which she narrowly survived by joining the call for more action. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. congresswoman giffords marking the occasion with a push for gun safety. she's going a
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